A socio-cultural group, Idoma National Forum (INF) has condemned the gruesome murder of Major Lawrence Ugbo (rtd). Ugbo, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Benue State, was murdered and set ablaze in his car at Ogobia in Benue on September 14, 2017. The INF in a statement signed by its president, Amali Adoya Amali, called on security agencies to fish out the killers.
The statement reads: "It is with great sadness that we receive the news of the callous murder of our elder, Major Lawrence Ugbo. This murder is not only shocking but also a dent on the peace loving people we the Idomas are known for. It is therefore with heavy heart we condemn this heinous killing of a true Idoma elder who fought for the unity of this country.
"We appreciate the governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, his deputy, Benson Abounu, and chairman of the Otukpo local government area, Mr. George Ali, for their visit to the scene of the crime and government assurances that the killers would be arrested.
" INF calls for justice for the deceased as we urged the security agencies to arrest all his killers and ensure such ugly incident never occur again in Ogobia or any part of Idomaland and Benue State".
Ugbo was killed alongside seven others during a clash claimed to be between two brothers loyal to the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Reports said late Ugbo was murdered and dumped in his car after which the car was set ablaze by his attackers. Reports said trouble started when some loyalists of one Benjamin Ijachi, a member of the PDP, allegedly attacked another group loyal to Udenyi Ijachi, a member of the APC and former caretaker chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area.